‘Best de­fence the key to Wan­der­ers re­vival’

Six con­ceded in 10 games gives Chairboys per­fect plat­form

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Adam Jones tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

Han­lon, Dean Gavin and Yusef Seodi kept Ma­clay in the hunt.

In the Premier Di­vi­sion, goals from Luke Smith (2), Lee Clark, George Dear and Al­fie Cum­ber saw ti­tle chal­lengers Chal­font Saints rout El­do­rado 5-0, while in Di­vi­sion One Chiltern Charg­ers and Old Bel­mont took ad­van­tage of their ri­vals’ cup du­ties to im­prove their league stand­ings.

Charg­ers over­came SFG Stone thanks to goals from Jack Gilling (2) and Ash Nathan, with Ediz Beyaz and Danny Tay­lor re­ply­ing for Stone, while George King (2), Steve Wood and Tony Holmes en­sured Old Bel­mont edged past Mag­pies 91 Re­serves 4-3, de­spite replies from George Larkin (2) and Ben Har­wood. AARON Pierre ad­mits tight­en­ing up at the back has been a key fac­tor in Wy­combe Wan­der­ers’ re­mark­able re­nais­sance this sea­son.

Hav­ing nar­rowly es­caped the drop into the Con­fer­ence on the fi­nal day of last sea­son, Satur­day’s 1-0 win over Cam­bridge sees Gareth Ainsworth’s men sit­ting pretty in sec­ond in the League Two ta­ble.

It also meant another clean sheet for Pierre and co, who have only shipped six goals in 10 league games this sea­son, giv­ing them the best de­fen­sive record in the en­tire Foot­ball League.

Paul Hayes proved to be the match win­ner on the hour mark at Adams Park and the home side made sure of the three points by com­fort­ably de­fend­ing their slen­der lead at the other end.

Pierre said: “We’re de­fen­sively a lot bet­ter than we were last sea­son.

“We killed the game on Satur­day by press­ing high up the pitch too. That re­quires a team ef­fort and, as a team, we try to work hard.”

Wy­combe will be look­ing to keep their good form go­ing and grab another clean sheet when they visit Northamp­ton on Satur­day.

The fix­ture in­duced fond mem­o­ries for Pierre, as it was against the Cobblers that he scored his first se­nior goal last April to se­cure a vi­tal point in their bat­tle for sur­vival.

“That was my favourite goal so far in my life,” said the 21-yearold. “And the fact that it helped us stay up in the long run made it even more spe­cial.”

Northamp­ton, how­ever, have ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar re­nais­sance this cam­paign, sit­ting just four points be­hind Wy­combe in the play-off po­si­tions, and Pierre ex­pects a tough en­counter.

He added: “We are just go­ing to go and do the same things we did this week and last week. Just stick to our plans and hope­fully get the right re­sult.

“We are still the un­der­dogs, we are not go­ing to fancy our­selves beat­ing any­one eas­ily.

“We will just have hard.”

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Aaron Pierre (right), cel­e­brat­ing his fi­first se­nior goal in April, says Wy­combe are de­fen­sively bet­ter this sea­son

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